Stop Saying, “I Don’t Feel Like It.”

How often do you face the prospect of finishing an assignment or studying for a test, only to give up and say,

“Eh, I just don’t feel like it right now.”

This feeling of de-motivation is common to all students and anyone who does creative or brain-intensive work for a living.

Heck, I’d venture to say that everyone falls into this mindset at least once in a while. Here’s the thing, though:

“Not feeling like it” doesn’t actually change your options.

Even if you don’t feel like doing something, you can still do it. It simply takes grit – mental toughness – to get yourself through those de-motivating feelings.

In this video, I’ll share a simple strategy that writers, weightlifters, and all sorts of other badasses use to get difficult work done consistently.

If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.

Now That You’re Motivated…

10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades - Thomas FrankBuilding good study habits and getting over “I don’t feel like it” are both incredibly important steps to earning great grades.

If you want tips beyond that, though, I’ve got you covered. I just finished writing a book called 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) and I’d like to share it with you for free.

The book covers topics like:

  • Defeating procrastination
  • Getting more out of your classes
  • Taking great notes
  • Reading your textbooks more efficiently

…and several more. It also has a lot of recommendations for tools and other resources that can make your studying easier.

If you’d like a free copy of the book, let me know where I should send it:

I’ll also keep you updated about new posts and videos that come out on this blog (they’ll be just as good as this one or better) 🙂

Video Notes

If you don't feel like studying, here's how to get back in a productive mindset.

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What do you do to get work done when you just don’t feel like it? Let me know in the comments.

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Just got on your blog and re-watched this, because I really needed it! I’ve been disgustingly unproductive and stuck in a rut the past couple of days, and am definitely needing to put this into action! Thanks, as always, for the great content!

Audra Reed

I’m wanting to share this with my sixth graders, minus the reference to “shitty” for less than 10 seconds. I’m sure it would violate copyright to adjust it myself, so is there anyway that you would be willing to send me an edited copy? It’s a powerful message that our kids are in need! Loved it.

Melissa L

Stumbled upon this while taking a break from precalc. Thanks! I’ll watch this every time I’m feeling unmotivated


As a researcher, writer and prof, I appreciate your tips and encouragement too….wish more of my students watched your videos!!


Awesome article! Love it!


This. For me the best way to get out of my “I don’t feel like it” mood is to promise myself I’m just going to do a little of whatever it is I need to do. Usually what happens is that once I get started it’s just so easy to keep going that I finish the task. Worst case scenario (and this happens very rarely) is that I just complete the one small portion of the task–but even that is far better than not having started at all!


Awesome design you have…., one of recommended website to see by hostgator

Davis Nguyen

Hey Thomas,

I loved the message.

Consider the James Clear quote on my wall, and True Grit (the 1969 version) on my to watch list.

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